I’ve followed Whonix documentation but haven’t been able to get USB drives enabled. When I connect a USB drive to my PC running Ubuntu, and then run VirtualBox/Whonix, the drive is not found by VB/Whonix (USB status icon says “no USB devices connected).
-Ubuntu 14.04 on PC laptop (single OS)
-newest versions of VirtualBox, Whonix Gateway and Whonix Workstation – Whonix and VirtualBox – all running fine.
-USB 2.0 drive I’m testing is FAT32
Things I’ve done:
-successful install of VirtualBox 5.0.8 Extension Pack on Ubuntu for USB support (is this the only install I need?)
-in VirtualBox Manager I used the Settings in both Gateway and Workstation to enable automatic or manual USB mounting. Selected the USB 2.0 option. Also used the USB device filter settings to add a generic filter which is supposed to mount any type of connected USB drive.
-in Whonix Gateway and Workstation – System Settings- Removable Devices I checked the boxes for all USB mounting settings.
VirtualBox.Org USB Troubleshooting Instructions (Chapter 12.8.7)
-I’m not sure which of these instructions may apply to my setup.
-as per instructions, tried editing the fstab file as indicated to add a reference to vboxusers group, because I couldn’t find any reference to a “USB” group. After the fstab edit the USB drive still didn’t connect (this caused a “/proc/bus/usb” error message on boot, so I removed the edit to correct that).
Any USB troubleshooting advice would be appreciated